Buh-Bye, Blog!

I’ve relocated! If you’ve been visiting my blog, I’m letting you know ahead of time that I’ve relocated to WordPress for my blog. The new address is: http://www.hannahsreadingblog.wordpress.com. Please visit if you get the chance! 🙂 Thanks!

Common Grammar Errors

Whenever I read something online and someone types, “your awesome”, I want to pull my hair out. These small grammatical errors get on my last nerve. The are some of the most common:

-“Your awesome” : “Your” means that it is not mine or someone else’s, but yours. “You’re” means “you are” Why is that so hard to grasp?

-Affect and Effect: “Affect” is a verb (Ex: “The woman was not affected by this.”). “Effect” is the result of a cause, and a noun (Ex: The effect of her actions was horrible.”)

-“I was wondering if you could help me with this?”: This sentence is a statement. You are not asking a question. A question would be: “Can you help me with this?” The correct form of this sentence is, “I was wondering if you could help me with this.” 

-“The first was greater then the second.”: The word “then” symbolizes a sequence of events. The word “than” does not. Tell me; does “greater then (greater, then this happened)”  or “greater than (more)” sound better?

-“I want too go to the ice cream shop.”: “Too” means in addition, or also. “To” means, well, you should know what it means if you’re reading all of this.

-Last item on my rant: “I was, going to the, store, and, I was, bored.”: Okay, I hope no one has this big of a problem with commas, but seriously? In this sentence, you would only use a comma before the conjunction (and): “I was going to the store, and I was bored.” 

Last pet peeve of mine. Let’s see if you can decipher this. Comment with what you think it says:

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Polls: I Want Your Opinion!

If you’re visiting my blog, I’d like some input. I need some input on some work I’ve been doing. I’d like to know what books genres most people prefer, so this is what I came up with. Please reply with your vote in the comments:

What book genre do you prefer?

-Fantasy

-Romance

-Horror

-Realistic Fiction

-Nonfiction

-Adventure

-Action

-School

-Sci-Fi

-Mystery

-Humor

-Other

Once you vote for one of these genres, feel free to give any other input. I’d really appreciate it! 🙂

Twitter Follower: My First Short Story

Ethan hadn’t exactly gotten the hang of it yet, but he was becoming mesmerized with his new account. He’d already followed 20 people in the past two days, half of which he didn’t even know. One of the stranger ones was a girl about his age, whose activity on his page had been quite strange. She looked like someone who should be on America’s Next Top Model. Ethan was cute, but not THAT cute.

“Hey. I just got another message from that girl. Take a look,” he said handing me the phone. Are you dating that girl!? My hands trembled.  “Is… she… t-talking about… me?” I asked worriedly. Ethan got up from the couch, reading the message. I nervously glanced around, sensing eyes on my back. Ethan grabbed my hand tightly, sensing it, too. I could hear my heart race, pounding in my ears. I motioned for the stairs, pulling his hand. He followed hurriedly.

BEEP! His phone rang loudly. It was a picture message. He opened it, trembling. He handed it to me quickly. My eyes widened as I saw a picture of us, right there, holding hands, in my living room, with a message: I guess so. I’m coming over for a visit. See u there. I looked up to see tears streaming down his face, as well as mine. I tugged his hand, pulling him up the stairs.

Faintly, I heard a knock at the door as we ran up. I ran into the bathroom and shut the door as quietly as possible, sitting in the bath tub with Ethan. I pressed my finger to my lips, hearing the front door creak open. I began to silently cry in fear, covering my face in my hands. I felt his arm cover my back, coming close to me. I attempted to prepare myself for whatever what about to come through that door.

“Oh, Ethan…. I know you’re here… come out now…” I looked up quickly. I grabbed his other hand. “You’re the best friend I could ever ask for. Whatever comes through that door, I want you to know how much I love you and cherish you as a friend. I need you to be strong. Okay?” “O-Okay…” he stammered. I laid down in the tub, going as deep as I could to the bottom with him. With the curtain closed, the only thing to do was wait. Shoot. I’d forgotten to lock the door.

The door slowly opened, and I held my breath. “Hmm… Maybe you’re in the shower…. Let’s see.” Suddenly, I heard a thump in my bedroom. She followed it, lured by the trap. “Run!” I whispered. We bolted outside into the cold, just as my mom pulled up in her car. “Someone’s in the house!” I told her. “What?!” My mom looked like she’d pass out. She pulled out her phone and dialed 911.

The cops were over in minutes. She came out in handcuffs, stumbling in the snow. “LET ME GO! What did I even do?!” I couldn’t help but snicker. I think I’ll be deleting my Twitter account, though. 😀

Short Stories

Do you like to read short stories? I’ve been visiting some other blogs lately, and one caught my attention. It had lists of short stories, all centralized around a certain character. I enjoyed reading it, and I thought some of you would, too. Here’s the link:

http://shalinijena.wordpress.com/tag/kasturba/

Anyway, I thought I might do something similar. Ever so often, I’ll post a short story. I hope you’ll enjoy them! 🙂

Blogging Challenge Week 10: My Blog Audit

For this challenge, I am supposed to do an audit for my blog. An audit basically goes over everything I’ve blogged on and how my blog is set up. Below, I’ll give questions and answers regarding my blog.

-How many posts have you written? I’ve written 18 blog posts.

-How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge? I had 8 posts set by the challenge, 8 just for fun, and 2 posts school based.

-How many comments did you receive? I received 7 comments.

-Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened? For the most part, I only received one comment per post, but I did receive two comments on my “About Me” page. I think that this may have happened because the “About Me” page gave visitors something to relate and compare themselves to (hopefully in a good way).

-Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why? I really enjoyed writing my post about cancer (Week 9). I could easily relate to it. Since it personally affected me, I think that I put in more effort to make that post great. My friend could have died from cancer, and it was important to me to get the message out.

-Did you change blog themes at all and why? When I first got my blog, I changed my themes SEVERAL times. I couldn’t find one that I liked, then I finally found the theme I have now.

-How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough? I have 8 widgets, and I think I have plenty. Not too many, not too little. 🙂

-How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll? I don’t have any overseas students on my Blogroll, but I have gotten comments and visits to my blog from overseas students.

-Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog? I did not use many web tools, but I did use Padlet a few times. (Like I said, not a lot.)

Questions From My Teacher (Ms. Seeley) for the Audit

-Q: What were your first impressions of this blog?

A: “Wow.”

-Q: What distracted you on the blog?

A: Nothing distracted her. 🙂

-Q: What captured your attention?

A: How I put thought into the blog.

-Q: What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?

A: Write more and more variety on posts. Focus more on issues in school and with youth.

 

* Thank you, Ms. Seeley, for auditing my blog! You’re a great teacher! 🙂 *

Blogging Challenge Week 9: Cancer Kills; I Would Know

I go into my kindergarten classroom for the first time. Children are gathering on a rug in the corner, so I follow. I sit down, peering around the room. Behind me, I see something that amazes and interests me. A girl with no hair walks up towards me. She waves to me. I didn’t know her, but I waved back. “Hi,” I said, “I’m Hannah.” She smiled at me. “I’m McKenna.” Little did I know, she would turn out to be my best friend, still is. I later saw that she was treated badly because of her hair. I didn’t understand this. I’d overlooked her appearance from the start. Why didn’t they? When we got older, she told me she had cancer, but she didn’t seem sensitive to it. So, we talked about it for awhile until I understood. She hasn’t had much friends since, well, kindergarten. Sometimes, I blamed myself. I thought that people stopped hanging out with her because I was her friend. Most people consider(ed) me weird and nerdy. Then, I realized that it was merely her appearance. In my opinion, that was sick. I know first-hand that people are treated differently because of appearance. I’m not a supermodel, popular, or pretty girl at my school, and I get called ugly sometimes. I try to overlook it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t stick with me. I can’t imagine how she feels. 

Cancer is typically categorized for its rapid cell growth. There are over 100 types, all fatal. When a damaged cell divides rapidly in the body, cancerous tumors form (except for leukemia, which causes abnormal cell division in the bloodstream). These tumors release hormones that change and alter that body part’s function. Cancer spreads by attaching and re-attaching itself to different parts of the body. Basically, cancer is the uncontrollable growth of certain cells that do not die. Unlike most cells, the cancer cell does not experience programmatic death. When the process of cell death breaks down, cancer cells form.

Did you know that cancer starts from poor nutrition, physical inactivity, obesity, and being over weight? These attributes spark and raise your chances of getting cancer. Reducing tobacco use and increasing screening globally would prevent cancer, as well. When cancer is found early, it is easily treated.

I’m still friends with McKenna to this day. I’m so glad I decided to become her friend, because she didn’t have any others. She’s been great to me, and since then, I’ve made four other great friends that don’t judge me based on how I look. They don’t care about that. 🙂

*To learn more about cancer and its effects, visit the following websites (some of which I drew information).*

-http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/cancer-prevention-early-detection

-http://cancerawarenessjeju.weebly.com/period-8-cancer-around-the-globe.html

-http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/everyday-cancer-prevention-tips

 

Do not take what you already have for granted. You could lose it in an instant.

Do not take what you already have for granted. You could lose it in an instant.

All State

Have you heard of All State? If you’re in a school choir, you probably have. I’m going to the audition for it tomorrow, and I’m freaking out. You have to sing solo in front of a judge, they rate your singing ability, and then they let you in or kick you out. I don’t want to be the only one in my class who doesn’t make it in. I know it’s unlikely, but it could happen! The best singers in Alabama are invited to sing if they’re picked.

Still. I had a practice audition for All City choir a few months ago. My music was shaking, I was blushing, I was swaying back and forth (something I do when I’m nervous), everyone was watching me. If I’m like that at All State, they won’t let me in. How can I control that, though? I can’t. None of the other girls in my class do that. I’m quiet and shy, but I keep on signing up for solos. I don’t even know why. I just don’t feel involved if I’m not doing the solos. Weird, huh?

In fact, I’m trying out for another solo today. Whoopee. Earlier this year, I did one in front of a crowd at a choir meeting at the beginning of the year, too. See? The list keeps adding up. Anyway, I felt like I was going to faint. Wish me luck. 🙁

Got any advice on how to calm my nerves (other than deep breathing)?

Nominations

I have visited several blogs, and I’ve chosen two that I think are great. One of the nominations is actually my teacher’s blog! (Great job, Ms. Seeley!) These are the two blogs I nominated:

-www.ilovelit.edublogs.org                                       Best Teacher Blog

-http://ramlog.aisgz.org/11bevans/                     Best Student Blog

Both of these blogs are very aesthetically pleasing, have great content, and have a great overall quality. Please visit them if you get the chance. 🙂

Week 8: Count of Three

For this challenge, I chose three blogs to look over and comment on:

-http://ramlog.aisgz.org/11chenm/2014/11/06/doing-mental-images/

-http://ramlog.aisgz.org/11hingoranis/2014/11/07/background-image/#comment-24

-http://ramlog.aisgz.org/11bevans/2014/11/17/getting-sparkles-my-small-moment/#comment-39

I chose these because of many factors:

-They’re great writers and connect with visitors on personal or emotional levels.

-Their blogs are designed well and have quality writing.

-Their blogs are just amazing! 🙂

Try to visit these blogs when you get the chance. They’re great! 🙂

Student Challenge Week 7: How Can I Improve My School?

For this Challenge, I’m supposed to list some things I would like to improve about my school.

-First, I would like to see more action being taken about bullying, rather than people merely talking about it. Actions speak louder than words. I’m positive that most students and teachers are trying to help in prevention, but just talking about it is not effective. We have taken action, but just not enough. Needless to say, I do still appreciate the effort students and teachers put in to prevention. 🙂

-I’d also like to see less vulgarity and inappropriate actions in general. I think that too much of this goes on, and I’d like to see more enforcement for it.

Regardless, I still think that, with a few tweaks, our school could reach our top potential. 🙂

Essay Outline: How Can I Write an Essay Correctly?

Below I have outlined a typical essay.

1. Introduction Sentence- Tell the reader what you are talking about, your argument.

a. Support- Give several details about your topic that support your introductory sentence.

b. Thesis Statement- Closing for the first paragraph, gives a broad explanation of your ideas.

 

2. Body Paragraph- Starts to explain one part of your idea relating to thesis statement.

a. Supporting detail- Explains intro. sentence

b. Supporting Detail- Explains into. sentence

c. Closing Sentence- Wraps up 1st sentence

 

3. Body Paragraph (same as 1st body paragraph, different supportive idea)

 

4. Conclusion Paragraph- Restates introductory idea

a. Gives one final idea or opinion on topic

b. Conclusion sentence- Wraps up everything said about topic and tops everything off

 

There you go! 🙂 Now, you’ve got a well-written essay perfect for any assignment. Hope this helps! This is also perfect for writing just one paragraph. 🙂

My Music Playlist

Just for fun, I’ve decided to jot down my favorite songs. 🙂 The list is long, though. 😀

Favorites:

-Pompeii (Bastille)

-Halo (Beyonce)

-Unconditionally (Katy Perry)

-Die Young (Ke$ha)

-Say Something (A Great Big World)

-Brave (Sara Bareilles)

-Maps (Adam Levine)

-I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz)

-Come and Get It (Selena Gomez)

-A Year Without Rain (Selena Gomez

-Any song by Pentatonix

-To Make You Feel My Love (Adele)

-Any song by Demi Lovato

I could go on and on, but then you’d be here for hours.  🙂

Halloween….

Halloween is near. Most people would be excited. I mean, I am, but I’ve quit dressing up since… a few years ago. I don’t really see the point in celebrating if I’m not contributing to anything. My friends keep on telling me that I’m growing up too fast, I’m too mature, and I’m not fun anymore.

I don’t think it’s just because of that, though. I’m really perfectionistic, and one of my friends says that they have more fun with my little sister. She thinks that I’m acting too old for my age. Yes, I try to keep my grades at a high level so I can get into a good college, but that’s just my personality. I have to excel in school. That’s a need for me. It would be the end of my world if I got a B on my report card. But that’s me! I can’t help that. She seems to be mad at me whenever we talk (which has been a while since she said that). Have any advice for me? Comment on this post. I’d appreciate your ideas. 🙂

I know I’ve kind of gotten off topic, but I needed to vent a little bit. 🙂 Anyway, Happy Halloween!

Blogging Challenge #5: Leap of Faith

Leap of FaithThe moment you take that risk, the moment you do the thing that scares you the most, will change your life forever. Now, I’m not saying to go on a tightrope over Niagra Falls, but some of your fears you will eventually meet head-on.

For example, I PETRIFIED of sharks. I don’t care if it’s a baby. They scare me. My family went to the beach with me recently. My dad and my sister went out DEEP. They kept on telling me to come in closer to them. I refused to go past my ankles in water. Finally, my YOUNGER sister pulled me out to where they were. Turns out, they were on a bank of sand knee-deep. My eyes were searching the water for any movement the whole time, but I faced one of my fears. I benefited from it. 🙂 I’m not saying I wasn’t still afraid; I just mustered up the courage to stay out there.

What are you afraid of? Public speaking? Not being successful in school or your job? People not approving of you? Sharks (like me)? Fireworks (Ash got in my eye the last time I saw fireworks. I could not physically open my eye until my dad got it out.)? Aliens? Whatever it is, try to overcome that. Even if you feel like you’re walking in the valley of the shadow of death (see what I did there?), God will protect you. You are safe.

I can’t really say much about being chicken, though. Just the other day, I was playing volleyball in PE and the ball rolled under the bleachers. I also hate bugs. Wasps swarming around you wherever you go at my school. Yay. I freaked out. I had another girl get it for me… I’m a big baby. Oh well.

If there’s something (semi-safe) that you are afraid to do, do it. You’ll benefit from the experience. 🙂